Nihilist
Nihilist 1987-1989


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
June 6th, 2009 | 34 replies | 8,183 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Essential metal for the true heavy metal fan. Not for: posers and punk bitches.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Nihilist. Often proclaimed to be one of Sweden’s most celebrated death metal bands and yet they never got around to putting out a full length in their rather minuscule span in the late eighties. Why are Nihilist rated so highly in the halls of Swedish death metal history you ask? For many reasons really starting with influence. Nihilist pioneered the infamous Stockholm buzz saw riffing technique that remains to be seen as a staple amongst Stockholm death metal powerhouse Dismember amongst others to this day in 2009. Also Nihilist would end up fragmenting into two separate entities which would go on and maintain credibility for two decades and counting. Johnny Hedlund and his love for Norse mythology would go on and form Unleashed where as Lars Goran Petrov, Nicke Anderson, and Alex Hellid would form the war machine known as Entombed. But enough about these two, let’s get down to the star of the show.

Nihilist despite never putting out a record gained notoriety through the Swedish scene with a few primal demos and a supposedly vicious live performance. Since I wasn’t a teenager in 1987-1989, I was 2 in the latter date,I cant really verify. Nevertheless, a demo collection was put together in 2005 containing all their works from 1987 to 1989 and I immediately connected with the sheer brutality and youthful misanthropy hidden between these lost recordings. Give or take I’d say all the band members had to be in their mid to late teens maybe even early twenties when these demos were recorded. Why? Sloppy musicianship for starters. Throughout this splendid fourteen track offering raw anger and simplicity prevails. This band raise ***ing hell non stop all day every day. The drums pound furiously in a menacing rage perfectly accentuating the barbaric vocal delivery of (soon to be Entombed front man) Lars Goran Petrov and the raging conglomeration of harmonized leads with bone crushing riffs. The emotion portrayed here is as authentic as you can get when it comes to metal. Pure ***ing aggression.

Old punk rock and hardcore (Mostly Discharge) were said to be early influences for the Swedish death metal scene and it shows with the simplistic chord progressions, a lack of technicality, and primal hooks designed to incite riots, excruciatingly violent moshpits, and broken necks from severe head banging. But Leif Cuzner and Alex Hellid were far more capable than just providing a flurry of breakneck riffing and thudding grooves. The soling skills displayed here are tight and sound astonishing when accompanied by the Swedish buzz sawing. Overall the catchiness and the powerful head banging rhythm’s just from the guitars solidify this demo tape as essential metal viewing. The bass playing on the other hand is slightly less than audible and not quite as impressive. Who cares though, when you’re heated beyond belief and craving just pure savagery nothing more nothing less. The drumming patterns are frantic and beat driven. Quick tempo through and though, he utilizes the whole catalog from crashing cymbal hits to militant drum rolls and fierce blast beats to perfection. The vocal aspect is also a strength to Nihilist. Lar’s delivery is quite unique for the time being and still reigning as savagely now as he does in Entombed 20 years later. His harsh vocals come off as a mix between a scream/shout and unintelligible barking perfect for commanding an audience whether it contains 1 or 374 listeners.

It goes without saying that “The Demo Tapes 87-89” from Nihilist is pretty much a Swedish death metal essential especially if you love early Dismember and Entombed. True metal for the true metal fan. Not recommended to those who enjoy their death metal with a high content for melody aka Insomnium and early In Flames, synthesizers, or dynamic progressive sounds capes. Don’t be a negative nancy and puss out. Cop a feel.



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Mordecai.
June 6th 2009



8270 Comments


haha great review, "Don’t be a negative nancy and puss out. Cop a feel." People will get this just to feel secure in the world of metal

BallsToTheWall
June 6th 2009



44164 Comments


1 comment suggests everyone is a pansy.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2009



8318 Comments


commenting just to prove I read it. I should get around to listening to this, but atm I am just not in the mood

fireaboveicebelow
June 7th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you know I've had this since I was born in 1990

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19231 Comments


You're killing me Balls. I think I have to purchase this too seeing as I love old school swedish dm. I think it's about time they made you staff.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

ThusSpokeZarathustra
June 7th 2009



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, just dusted this off and gave it its first listen in over a year and have decided to bump my rating up to a 4.

rasputin
June 7th 2009



14517 Comments


us death > swedish death

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19231 Comments


I agree^^^^.

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2009



44164 Comments


Thanks all. Coming from a Florida kid familiar with Sarasota( Atheist's hometown and Tampa everyoneelse, I prefer old
Dismember and company over just about every American band minus Death, Possessed, and old Obituary.

rasputin
June 7th 2009



14517 Comments


incantation, immolation, autopsy, monstrosity, morbid angel to name a few

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19231 Comments


Zing!

Please don't forget Arghoslent.

rasputin
June 7th 2009



14517 Comments


oh yeah, they didn't come to mind, but arghoslent for shiiizzzzle mahh nizzzlee

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2009



44164 Comments


Eh. I prefer the buzz saw and head bobbing grooves of the swedes. Love Morbid Angel though never listened to the rest of the band which might shape my opinion a bit.

Wizard
June 7th 2009



19231 Comments


They rape every other death metal band in existence.

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2009



44164 Comments


I suppose it's all a matter of prefrence. Mine being massive grooves and chunky rythmns. If any of those bands employ it or the old Discharge influence i'll love them for sure. Discharge needs love on this site. Might review them after my semi-vacation.

rasputin
June 7th 2009



14517 Comments


Mine being massive grooves and chunky rythmns

like I said, US death > swedish death

Dethtrasher
June 8th 2009



2211 Comments


Nice review. I want this album but I can't find it anywhere.

Eh. I prefer the buzz saw and head bobbing grooves of the swedes.

I love you Balls!

jingledeath
June 28th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS SHIT IS FUCKING AWESOME WOOOO

Buccaneer
September 26th 2009



692 Comments


I guess i should get this, considering i love both Entombed and Unleashed.

Also, I agree, US Death has more greater bands than the Swedes, although Dismember could nearly win it for Sweden.

RippingCorpse
September 23rd 2010



1086 Comments


so so good



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